BY J.P. SCOTT ON OCTOBER 9, 2013
We’re back again with another group of deep sleepers to help you make it through the bye weeks and keep your lineup in top shape.
This week, we’ve highlighted five more under-the-radar players — one quarterback, three receivers and a running back — as players you might want to plug in to your lineup to minimize the damage done by the absence of one of your starters.
Lets get to it!
Mohamed Sanu, WR, Bengals – Sanu’s targets dipped below five for the first time this season last week. Much of that had to do with New England’s stingy defense, some was likely due to the weather. In any event, offensive coordinator Jay Gruden knows that Sanu must be more involved in the offense for it to be running on all cylinders. Look for Sanu to capitalize on the extra attention Buffalo pays to A.J. Green.
Nick Foles, QB, Eagles – Foles will likely get the start against Tampa Bay after looking good in relief of the injured Michael Vick last weekend. Foles is 19 of 30 for 246 yards and three touchdowns on the year. The Bucs have had some success on defense this season, but Philadelphia’s fast-paced offense is unlike anything they’ve seen so far. Look for Foles to have plenty of opportunities to put up stats throughout the day.
James Jones, WR, Packers – Jones has put up solid numbers in each of his past three games for Green Bay. Look for that to continue against Baltimore as the Ravens focus on stopping Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson. I expect Jones to break loose for at least one touchdown while being targeted at least 8 times.
Jeremy Kerley, WR, Jets – Kerley is becoming more and more involved in the Jet offense as the season progresses and Sunday won’t be any different. He is starting to emerge as one of Geno Smith’s most dependable targets. Look for his first 100-yard game of the season against the Steelers as he makes a move to become THE go-to guy for the Jets.
Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints – I’m not saying what he did last weekend is going to be the norm, but I do believe it was a bit of a preview of how the Saints plan on using him in order to maximize offensive production. Someone besides Darren Sproles must be a factor in the run game for the Saints going forward. Although his main production came catching passes last week, look or Sean Payton to pound the middle with Thomas against the Patriots, especially considering the absence of Vince Wilfork on the New England defensive line.
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